First year research track residents are assigned a research mentor at the beginning of their training. During their internship year, residents are expected to have regular meetings with their mentors, in order to discuss and start to develop a primary research project they will develop over the course of their training. Moreover, during their clinical rotations at the inpatient psychiatry unit, research track residents are given priority to rotate with attendings currently involved in research projects.
Second year research track residents have 2 full months of protected time for research. During that period, residents work closely with their mentors and continue to develop their research projects. Residents are encouraged to work on scholarly productions, including poster presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
During their third year of training, research track residents are provided with one day per week of protected time for research. Under the guidance of their mentors, residents are expected to continue to be actively involved in scholarly activities and to start working on a research proposal, with the ultimate goal of, towards the end of residency training, having the opportunity to apply for independent research funds.
Senior research track psychiatry residents have up to 6 months of protected time for research. This is a period to strongly invest on scholarly production and to conclude the research activities started during previous years. Career advice is provided by mentors, focusing on the transition from residency to junior faculty. Residents are encouraged to submit a research proposal during their 4th year, aiming at the possibility of securing independent research funds.